Who’d have thought that we would be alive to see the day. But it looks as if the proverbial bloom is coming off the Obama rose, at least with some of the liberal media. On Monday the soon-to-be Democratic nominee outlined his “comprehensive” energy policy, which included some major flip-flops such as using the strategic oil reserves and opening the door to drilling as part of a bigger energy plan.
The surprising part is all over the country, liberal leaning newspapers pointed out that the Senator’s new policy disagreed with his old policy:
“With the politics of energy shifting as rapidly as gasoline prices, Democrats, led by presidential candidate Barack Obama, are retreating from long-held positions and scrambling to offer distressed voters more immediate relief from spiraling costs.” (Los Angeles Times) “Sen. Barack Obama altered his position on Monday to call for tapping the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower gasoline prices as he outlined an energy plan that contrasts with Sen. John McCain’s greater emphasis on expanded offshore drilling and coal and nuclear technology.” (New York Times) “Sen. Barack Obama called Monday for using oil from the nation’s strategic reserves to lower gasoline prices, the second time in less than a week that he has modified a position on energy issues, as he and Sen. John McCain seek to find solutions to a topic that is increasingly dominating the presidential race.” (Washington Post)
The first-day Associated Press story by Tom Raum, which no doubt was widely used by medium-sized and smaller newspapers, quickly drew attention to both Obama’s shift on the petroleum reserves and his surprise support late last week for a compromise that would ease the long-standing federal ban on offshore oil drilling.
Obama’s new proposal, Raum wrote, “includes two significant reversals … .. of positions he has taken in the past: He had steadfastly fought the idea of limited new offshore drilling and was against tapping the nation’s emergency oil stockpile to relieve pump prices that have stubbornly hovered around $4 a gallon.”
And my personal favorite —
the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial said: “Sen. Barack Obama’s energy policy is offering more flip-flops than a Lake Tahoe souvenir stand.”
I hope these are not aberrations, that if the “fairness” fairy sprinkled truth dust on the editors of these papers, it was the long acting kind. Only time will tell but don’t hold your breath.
Source: Barack Obama’s energy speech draws attention — to his changing stance Don Frederick